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Lack of Interest Chief Post

Discussion in 'Closed Suggestions' started by Shelley, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    I've always wanted this as a built in feature and thought. Start the day with this suggestion. Something like we have with the chief post for vb where you can enable the option per forum.

    It's usefulness for me is high (not sure about others) but whenever I want a resources area this is the hack I use. Another reason, is whenever I create an "announcements" area the important information it be nice for the OP to be present on all pages and still read the latest response. It's something I've never seen for default products but would be beneficial I'd imagine for the users thinking of going to XenForo. Chief posts for important announcements and site related stuff is the main reason why I'm suggesting this feature to be added.
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  2. Shamil

    Shamil Well-Known Member

    I think this could be done through styling. I've played around with vBulletin, and I did this through the styling elements, but I agree, seems a nice idea.
  3. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    You didn't really say what the suggestion actually was specifically, but I think you're referring to having the original post on each page of a thread?
  4. Shamil

    Shamil Well-Known Member

    The chief post is a post whereby the styling is a bit different. Take for example on vBulletin.org. In the modifications and styling forum, the first post does not look like a standard stock post. This, the first post, is the chief post, and it stands out from the rest of the posts in the thread.
  5. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    Correct first post on each page with the option of 2-3 layouts that the user can select that distinguish the chief post from the standard post layout.
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  6. Brandon_R

    Brandon_R Guest

    This really isn't necessary for most forums unless you have something like a modifications website. The natural way is to continue the discussion in order and not jump back to the beginning on each page.
  7. Tony

    Tony Member

    I think he is referringreffering to something similar to woltlab

  8. Shamil

    Shamil Well-Known Member

    This ->

  9. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Tony's image is suggesting a different display for posts by the thread starter, which is a different suggestion. (And in a thread somewhere around here...)
  10. Shamil

    Shamil Well-Known Member

    As I recall, MacRumors adds text under the username of the thread starter in subsequent posts: Thread Starter
  11. p4guru

    p4guru Well-Known Member

    yeah would be a nice to have especially for a review type forum/site :)
  12. KURTZ

    KURTZ Well-Known Member

    yes, would be great if the 'thread starter icon' links to the first post ...
  13. Floris

    Floris Guest

  14. ArnyVee

    ArnyVee Well-Known Member

    We use the "chief first post" modification on nearly all of our sites.

    Really lends an importance to certain types of posts and gives it an "official" look.

    Here are examples of both....


    CHIEF FIRST POST (Customized Layout)

    ....it's a simple dropdown box that creates the choice of either 'regular', 'custom' and also two other choices for posts (left or right align) on the custom layout.
  15. Cezz

    Cezz Well-Known Member

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  16. ArnyVee

    ArnyVee Well-Known Member

    Cezz, I hadn't noticed that 'article view' option before. LOL

    That looks pretty good and may do the trick. But, we'd need an option for those that do not use xenPorta. So, maybe that can be adapted. :)
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  17. Michael Dance

    Michael Dance Active Member

    would love to see this to check it out sounds wicked.
  18. Kevin

    Kevin Well-Known Member

    I wasn't even aware that option was there! :eek:

    But, I'm with ArnyVee on this one... I'd love to specify a forum to have it displayed like that independently of running XenPorta.
  19. Jaxel

    Jaxel Well-Known Member

    I think a lot of people don't realise that you DONT HAVE TO USE THE PORTAL in XenPorta.

    Just uncheck the following options:
    • Set as Index Controller
    • Show Navigation Tab
    Done. A few people already do this; they use XenPorta not as a portal, but instead as a sidebar widget framework.
  20. Cezz

    Cezz Well-Known Member

    I know I found it by mistake, but an amazing feature it is (though it does add an additional query to every view thread page)... It fits my site perfectly where most of the posts are book reviews where the main post or review is the key topic with additional posts being simply comments about that review!
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